Happy Pepero Day to all of our Koreaboo readers! Pepero Day is an unofficially observed South Korean holiday similar to that of Valentine’s Day where people of all statuses, single or taken, share yummy Pepero sticks with their family, friends, and loved ones!
They say Pepero Day, which is annually celebrated on November 11th, first originated back in 1983 when two female middle school students exchanged a box of Pepero sticks with each other, longing to become tall and thin, resembling the shape of the actual snack—a long stick-shaped biscuit dipped halfway with a layer of chocolate.
The two students jokingly claimed that eating the Pepero sticks on November 11th at 11:11 o’clock and 11 seconds would have the most effectiveness in becoming tall and thin.
However, the origin of this fun holiday began evolving into different stories when South Koreans began arguing that Pepero Day came into being when people resembled the snack’s shape to the holiday’s date (November 11th), which consists of four number 11’s, hence, sticks.
Pepero snacks were first manufactured by Lotte Corporation back in 1983 when the similar Japanese snack, Pocky, was unavailable on the shelves of South Korean markets.
Since the formation of this unofficial holiday, many South Koreans have begun purchasing boxes of Pepero snacks in order to share them with their loved ones, similar to the idea of giving chocolates and roses to loved ones on Valentine’s Day.
Many South Koreans have even begun baking their own Pepero sticks every year, decorating them with lavish, edible chocolates and candy sprinkles, and packaging them with every ounce of love and care.
Check out the 11 photos below of deliciously decorated, homemade Pepero sticks!